The art and challenges for the opera singer of the first performance of a new opera - course
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University College of Opera

The art and challenges for the opera singer of the first performance of a new opera - course

Do you feel that you want to deepen your artistry as an opera singer, maybe you are in the beginning or in the middle of your career, you now have the possibility to do this with different focuses, concentrated during one term.

University College of Opera is developing the education in order to be able to offer significant alternatives for opera singers at second cycle level. We offer one semester courses, full time, that give the possibility for further development, in-depth and independent work under advanced supervision.

In this course you will get the opportunity to work with creating an opera through participation in the process from the beginning up to the performances within the so called "Short Opera Projec"t. The course will start in November 2018 and end in April 2019. Dates will be communicated shortly.

The Short Opera Project is a joint project between University College of Opera, the Department of Performing Arts (both within Stockholm University of the Arts) and Royal College of Music where students from all involved professional fields create and make the first performance of two shorter operas.

The purpose of the course is that the opera singers through their participation in the Short Opera Project “from wheat to bread” shall gain knowledge about the challenges and possibilities of first performances of new opera works. You will get tools to perform new repertoire musically and scenic, communicate with the audience and gain insight in the creative processes of other professional fields (as librettist, composer, scenographer, costume designer, make-up artist, light designer etcetera)

The course includes studying of the newly composed roles, vocal and musical coaching, creative meetings with the composer and librettist of the new opera and the performance of one or more roles in the new operas in a complete production with audience, in collaboration with other professions within the opera field.

The course is open for soprano, mezzo, tenor and baritone voices.

Course Director: Christine Morgan

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    Participation in the Short Opera Project that is a joint project between the University College of Opera, the Department of Performing Arts (both within the Stockholm Uinversity of the Arts) and the Royal College of Music. The project takes place from November 2018 - April 2019.

    The dates will be published soon.

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirements for studies at second cycle level, that is: previous studies at first cycle level.

    Specific entry requirements

    • English 5 or the equivalent
    • Bachelor's Degree of Fine Arts of at least 180 credits  in singing or opera or the equivalent

    If you don’t fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme you may apply for recognition of prior learning, in other words that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities are assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. Submit your application for recognition of prior learning with your application for the programme.

    You may also apply for an exemption/a waiver, that allows you to proceed to the selection process even though you don’t meet the general admission requirements. Submit your application for an exemption/a waiver together with your application.

    Read more about how you can show that you meet the entry requirements (that you are eligible).

  • Valuable prior knowledge

  • How to apply

    When the course is open for application you apply through our web-based application system by clicking on the "Apply"-button on this page.

    Start your application early! Don’t delay in submitting your application! You may run into trouble if you wait until the last day and your internet connection happens to be down, or you find that your files are in the wrong format. You will not be able to apply once the last date for applications has passed. Keep in mind that your application needs to be turned in by 23.59 (Swedish time).

    When you have entered the application system:

    1. Register by putting in your name and e-mail address.
    2. Input your personal data (including your Swedish civic registration number if you have one).
    3. Fill in the application form and upload the required documents.

    Before uploading your documents, they must be prepared as follows:

    • You must scan your original documents. If the document is in colour, scan it in colour.
    • Be sure to scan ALL document pages, even those that just contain instructions or keys or other information that is not necessarily your grade information. It must be the complete document.
    • If you upload copies of original documents, (degree certificates, transcript of records, language test results etc.) they must be certified/attested! This means that another person must sign their name, print their name and provide their telephone number on each document copy you submit. This person, by signing, is certifying that the copy you submit is an exact copy of the original. The documents must be in PDF-format.
    • Please name the file with content and your name for example: CV_ first name_ family name

     

    The following documents have to be uploaded for your application to be complet.

    A copy of your valid passport or valid national identity card (if applicable for you)

    Applicants from non-EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, need to pay application fee for higher education in Sweden, and if admitted a tuition fee. If you are a citizen in an EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, you do not have to pay application or tuition fees. In order to find out which group you belong to, you need to show your citizenship. Therefore, you must upload a copy of your passport/valid national identity card. If you have a Swedish civic registration number, or Swedish citizenship, you do not need to upload a copy of your passport. Remember to state your Swedish civic registration number when you fill in your personal data.

    Documentation to show that you meet the General Entry Requirements for studies at second cycle level (advanced level)

    Upload a transcript of records showing that you meet the General entry requirements for studies at second cycle level (advanced level) that is university  studies at first cycle level. Grades and certificates should primarily be in Swedish, but Danish, English, Faroese, Finish, French, German and Norwegian are also accepted. Regarding documents issued in another language, you must upload the original document along with a translation made by an authorized translator. If you do not have grades from university studies, you can apply for Recognition of prior learning.

    Here you can find more information regarding prior learning/exemption.

    Application for Recognition of Prior Learning/Exemption (if applicable for you)

    If you do not fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme, you may apply for recognition of prior learning or exemption. In other words, that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities can be assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. You must upload:

    • a letter explaining why you think that you will cope with the studies even though you do not fulfil the general entry requirements.
    • signed documents/certificates that confirm your merits/experiences that you refer to in your letter and CV. The documents you upload need to be in English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, French or German and marked with your name and day of birth. We do not accept e-mails as certificates.

    Documentation showing that you meet the specific Entry Requirements:

    • English 5 or the equivalent
    • Bachelor's Degree of Fine Arts of at least 180 credits  in singing or opera or the equivalent. Upload your diploma, a list of subjects taken and grades received from upper secondary school/high school Grades and certificates should primarily be in Swedish, but Danish, English, Faroese, Finish, French, German and Norwegian are also accepted. Regarding documents issued in another language, you must upload the original document along with a translation made by an authorized translator.

    Film

    Upload a film where you perform two opera arias/pieces.

    Audio file

    Upload an uncompressed audio file where you singthe same opera arias/pieces as on the film.

    Your CV

    Please note that we only accept applications and certificates through the application system, not by means of regular post or e-mail.

    Confirmation of your application

    When you’ve submitted your application you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address that you’ve stated. If you don’t receive an confirmation e-mail, you should firstly check your spam filter. If the confirmation e-mail is not there, contact the technical support for the application system by e-mail: support@varbi.com

    Technical difficulties with your application?

    E-mail: support@varbi.com
    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays at the following times: 08:30–12:00 and 13:00–16:30) 

  • When you have applied

    For this course we accept applications fron sopranos, mezzosopranos, tenors or barytone. If there are more eligable applicants than places on the course, there will be a selection.The selection is made through a joint assessment of the submitted documents as well as a singing test. In the assessment we especially consider prior education, knowledge and work experience, or other experiences valuable for the course.

  • Application and tuition fees

    If you are a Swedish citizen or a citizen of another EU or EEA country you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. Some other groups are also exempt from the requirement to pay application and study fees.

    A few years ago Sweden introduced application and tuition fees for higher education. The level of the study fees depends on which course/programme they are for, and the level is set in order to cover the actual costs of the course/programme in question. Uniarts has some possibilities of offering scholarships that cover the whole study fee or that subsidise it.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, we need to have received your payment by the last date for applications. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and we have not received your payment by the last date for applications, we will not process your application.

    The tuition fee for the course is 204  750 SEK

    Read more about application and study fees, how to pay to Uniarts and tuition fee scholarships.

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